I was at Ibrox last Wednesday night to watch Rangers take on AC Milan along with 45,000 other loyal fans but it appears my seat offered a different view to most.
At first, I decided that there was nothing to write home about after the game. Rangers played well, everyone got a run and a few promising players made an impact but none of it really mattered.
Getting a result at Celtic Park is all that mattered.
That was before someone posted one pro-Kyle Lafferty thread too many. The Northern Irishman started upfront on his own against Milan and put himself about a bit but that was it. I saw nothing that said “this man will beat Celtic for us.”
Now let me just clarify that I have nothing against Lafferty, he is an honest hard working lad like so many of the members of the current Rangers squad but why does he suddenly get praise for the same technique that others get castrated for? Lafferty won nothing in the air, despite being 6ft 4 and in general couldn’t trap a bag of cement.
He was constantly derided by the Rangers support around me and at one stage kicked the ball straight out of the park. I believe Christian Daily did that too but no one has anything positive to say about him.
Now it is a tough job to play upfront alone against Milan and I salute his efforts but couldn’t believe the post match Lafferty talk. Did they watch the same game as us I thought?
In another thread Lee McCulloch was classified by most as a “diddy” yet did not give the ball away once against Milan.
It was because the game was played at a snails pace, no pressure on him was the general consensus. Well if that is the case, how badly did Lafferty play? I’m not saying Lafferty had a shocker, I’m not saying Lee McCulloch played well.
I’m merely highlighting how subjectively some players are viewed. Let’s be fair with our praise and criticism and judge players on what they actually do on the field, not jump on every band wagon that swings our way.